Bellew: I Can Beat Parker In My Sleep
Even though he’s just moved up in weight class, former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew is very confident in his ability to defeat WBO heavyweight champ Joseph Parker.
Bellew moved up to the heavyweight division back in March, and pulled out a major upset when he stopped defeated former heavyweight champion David Haye in the eleventh round.
While Bellew and Haye will have their rematch on December 17th, Bellew feels like he should be signing a contract to fight Parker, instead of satisfying the fans in giving Haye his rematch.
The Liverpool fighter looks at Parker’s size and power advantages and believes that they can easily nullified by his technical skill and command of the sport.
In speaking with UK site Bet Safe, Bellew explained his thought process.
“There is a big demand for this rematch, let’s be honest. I’m giving the fans what they want to be totally honest. But if I had my way, I’d be signing off on the Joseph Parker fight. I can beat Joseph Parker in my sleep…
I think he’s a strong young boy, he’s got age on his side and durability, but that’s where his advantages stop. My boxing skills are far better than his and I’m quicker than him. I do think he’s the stronger man, and obviously the heavier man but, I’m just not fussed on Joseph Parker, I don’t think he’s a top fighter or one of the best heavyweights in the world. And I’m one of the them, and I’m not even a proper heavyweight. I’m just a fat cruiserweight.”